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How We Tested Snowboards

By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor
Saturday February 23, 2019
Rallying one of the fully cambered options.
Rallying one of the fully cambered options.

For each metric tested, the models were ridden as similarly as possible. Thrashing about fast and loose or slow and controlled on hardpack and corduroy, deep powder, regular and switch, and on park laps. The same lines were mirrored, and each turn, high-speed straight line, ollie, metho, and spin/jib was executed at the same location for every run. Tough to accomplish? Yes. Glad we did it? Yes.

By testing in this way, grey areas were eliminated, and data collection was kept true. One rider did all the testing, ensuring that thoughts, opinions, and results were even across the board. Do the tester's knees hurt? Yes. Did he crash and burn a few times while railing turns at speed? Yes. Was doing the same run nine times on the deepest day of the year monotonous? Nope. It was rad.

Japan air. Rider: Kurt Wastell
Japan air. Rider: Kurt Wastell